Industry advisories

Telefilm Canada to administer Short-Term Compensation Fund for Canadian Audiovisual Productions

September 25, 2020 - Telefilm Canada would like to inform you that the Minister of Canadian Heritage, the Honorable Steven Guilbeault, today announced an initiative to compensate for the lack of insurance coverage for audiovisual productions interrupted or abandoned due to COVID-19. The Government of Canada put in place this temporary...

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Telefilm Canada launches pan-Canadian consultation on Success Index

September 18, 2020 - As announced at the beginning of the year, Telefilm Canada is revising the Success Index, first introduced in 2010. To this end, pan-Canadian, inclusive, transparent and open consultations will be held. Telefilm’s goal is to ensure that our financing programs are adapted to the multiple transformations taking...

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KPMG Audit Report for Telefilm Canada’s Production Program Now Available

Telefilm Canada has released KPMG’s report on the audit of the funding process for the English- and French-language components of the Production Program.

The overall objective of the audit was to assess the efficiency and effectiveness of organizational structures, internal controls, and processes related to the allocation and funding process from...

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Phase 2 COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund – Telefilm Allocation: Companies Have Until Friday To Submit Their Request

Telefilm Canada would like to inform eligible companies that applications for the second phase of COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund – Telefilm Allocationcan be submitted until Friday, September 42020 through Dialogue. Eligibility criteria, essential information guides and guidelines can be accessed 

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Telefilm Canada announces changes to the Success Index and resumes Pan-Canadian consultation

Due to the negative impact of COVID-19 on the Canadian feature film industry, Telefilm Canada is suspending any further use of the Success Index for the 2020-2021 fiscal year. 

The Success Index, which measures commercial, cultural and industrial success, also constitutes

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Telefilm Canada Provides Update on Data Collection

August 17, 2020 – As part of its commitment to an equitable and representative screen-based industry, Telefilm Canada would like to share details on the first steps toward data collection as part of its funding programs.

Beginning today and building on the momentum of the corporate data collection methods implemented...

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Phase 2 COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund – Telefilm Allocation: Applications Now Being Accepted Online

August 17, 2020 – Telefilm Canada would like to inform eligible companies  that applications for the second phase of COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund – Telefilm Allocation are now being accepted through Dialogue. Eligibility criteria, essential information guides and guidelines can be accessed here.

The Government of Canada recently unveiled...

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Telefilm Canada Launches Development Program for 2020-2021, including New Stream for Racialized Persons/Visible Minorities
Additional pool of funding will enhance access and opportunity for filmmakers

August 6, 2020, Toronto/Montréal – Telefilm Canada has announced the details and application dates for the 2020-2021 Development Program, including the newly-created Development Stream for Racialized Persons/Visible Minorities. This is an additional investment envelope of $500,000,...

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COVID-19 Update: Exploitation or Gross Sales Reports for the period ending June 30, 2020

July 29, 2020 –  As we continue to experience the impact that COVID-19 has had on our industry, Telefilm Canada would like to inform its clients that there will be no accrual of interest on any amount due pursuant to a financing agreement for the months of July and August...

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Phase 2 of the Emergency Relief Fund: Details and criteria now online for training and development partners, and movie theatres

The Government of Canada recently unveiled the final components of the second and final phase of the Emergency Relief Fund, which included an investment of $1,755,000 and $1,000,000 to be distributed by Telefilm respectively to movie theatres that show Canadian films,  and to audiovisual training and development partners that...

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Telefilm Canada: Special Examination Report from the Office of the Auditor General of Canada now available

Telefilm welcomes the conclusions of the Special Examination Report from the Office of the Auditor General of Canada (OAG). The OAG concluded that Telefilm had good practices with respect to corporate and operational management, although certain improvements were recommended. According to the OAG, Telefilm's systems and practices examined did...

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Telefilm Canada releases its new Corporate Plan

Telefilm Canada’s 2020-2023 Corporate Plan will ensure the successful implementation of the organization’s strategic priorities. Telefilm has embarked upon this new corporate process, which is rooted in an inclusive approach involving the Executive Leadership Team, managers and employees.

Telefilm will achieve its vision over the next few years through a...

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Official statement – Telefilm Canada launches investigation

Allegations against an employee

Following allegations made against one of its employees, Telefilm Canada management has issued the following statement:

Based on available information, Telefilm Canada has decided to launch an investigation into the allegations of misconduct made against one of its employees. To ensure that the process remains independent, the investigation...

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Official response to BIPOC TV & FILM

In response to the questions posed to Telefilm Canada from BIPOC TV & Film via social media, Telefilm would like to offer the following answers:

How many Black, Indigenous and People of Colour filmmakers and Black, Indigenous and People of Colour-owned production companies have been:

  • Granted funding in the past 5 years?
  • Granted...
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Statement from Christa Dickenson, Executive Director, Telefilm Canada

Over the course of this weekend and Monday morning, comments on social media were brought to our attention about conduct that does not reflect our corporate values.

Members of Telefilm’s legal team are addressing the matter directly with the individual(s) in order to begin a proper evaluation. I take these matters...

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Telefilm Canada Releases Details of the COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund Top-Up for Affected Film Productions

As previously announced, a portion of the COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund – Telefilm Allocation was reserved to provide additional support to clients that had film projects in the production or post-production stage and were negatively impacted by COVID-19.

Telefilm will grant applicants that have received funding under the Emergency Relief Fund...

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Telefilm Canada Releases Details of the COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund Top-Up for Underrepresented Communities

As previously announced, approximately 15% of the COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund – Telefilm Allocation was reserved to provide additional support to clients of underrepresented identities and communities, who have historically been disadvantaged.

This top-up is only available for existing, eligible clients who have already received emergency funding from Telefilm in...

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Telefilm Canada Releases Details of the COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund Top-Up for Regional Companies

As previously announced, a portion of the COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund – Telefilm Allocation was reserved to provide additional support to clients from regional companies.  After compiling demand in the application process, an additional top-up fund allocation has been set-up for regional companies.

‘Regional’ refers to Telefilm’s historical definition, which...

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International festivals and Canadian Pavilion updates

May 21, 2020 -- As we continue to monitor the impact of COVID-19 and adjust our operations accordingly, Telefilm Canada would like to advise clients of the following updates regarding international festivals and the Canadian Pavilion. This year, we are combining our efforts to offer a consolidated promotion campaign between three...

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COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund – Telefilm Allocation: Details and criteria now online

Following the announcement that Telefilm Canada will be responsible for allocating part of the Government of Canada’s COVID-19 Emergency Support Fund for Cultural, Heritage and Sport Organizations, Telefilm wishes to inform you that the details and application process criteria are now online. Telefilm will be accepting applications starting...

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Telefilm Canada’s COVID-19 Emergency Support Fund: Virtual Town Hall with Christa Dickenson

Following the announcement that Telefilm Canada would be responsible for dispersing part of the Government of Canada’s COVID-19 Emergency Support Fund for Cultural, Heritage and Sport Organizations, Telefilm would like to advise clients that the relief measure details and criteria for the application process will be made...

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COVID-19 Update: Promotion Program

As we continue to monitor the impact of COVID-19 and adjust our operations accordingly, Telefilm Canada would like to advise clients that the launch of the pilot Promotion Program – General Admission Stream has been postponed until Spring 2021.

The current Promotion Program will begin receiving applications for existing Telefilm Promotion...

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Telefilm Canada welcomes two new members to its Executive Leadership Team

Today, Telefilm Canada is pleased to welcome two new members to its Executive Leadership Team: Jean Morin as Director, Information Technology and Marie-Eve Mainville as Director, Human Resources.

Mr. Morin brings to Telefilm extensive experience in information technology management. As a corporate transformation specialist, he has worked on local, national and...

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COVID-19 Update: Telefilm Mail Delivery Paused

April 14 - As we continue to monitor the impact of COVID-19 and adjust our operations accordingly, Telefilm Canada would like to advise clients that mail will not be delivered to any of Telefilm’s four regional offices until further notice.

This includes all cheques, DVDs, and packages. We ask that no...

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Production Program Updates (March 27)

As we continue to monitor the impact that COVID-19 is having on our industry, Telefilm Canada would like to advise clients of the following:

Production program –For projects with budget under $2.5M

Telefilm is extending the deadline for all applications until April 30, 2020. Projects must be submitted before 9:00 pm (EST).

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COVID-19 Update: Project Financing

Telefilm Canada understands that there are many risks and financial burdens that you must undertake in this situation, and we are doing what we can to help.

In response to the ever-evolving situation surrounding COVID-19 and its impact on Canada’s audiovisual industry, Telefilm would like to inform clients of actions put...

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COVID-19 Production Industry Taskforce

Dear friends,

We continue to monitor the rapidly evolving COVID-19 global pandemic and recognize this represents an unprecedented challenge for all involved in the screen-based industry across Canada.

We understand every sector of our economy is being affected by the pandemic; the lockdowns, travel restrictions, urgency to self-isolate and maintain social distancing...

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Cannes Film Festival postponed

Dear partners,

Following the announcement by festival officials that the 2020 Cannes Film Festival and Marché du Film will be postponed, Telefilm Canada is postponing the Canadian Pavilion and onsite activities accordingly.

No new date has been announced at this time. We will keep you informed should any changes arise from festival...

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COVID-19 Update (March 19, 2020)

Although our offices are closed for the time being, Telefilm remains committed to the success of the audiovisual industry and its creators. Our staff have been properly equipped to work remotely and they remain available. Daily operations continue without interruption while we close out the 2019-2020 fiscal year.

Telefilm Canada continues...

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COVID-19 update: Telefilm Canada employees will work remotely until further notice

At Telefilm Canada, the health and safety of our employees is paramount. As such, in line with Canada's public health officials, and our own business continuity plan, we wish to inform all clients, partners, and suppliers that all Telefilm and CMFPA (Canada Media Fund Administration Program) employees in the Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver, and Halifax...

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